San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Harvesting Sunshine

LA Solar Group has caught the panel installation trend with a three-year growth rate of 1,233 percent.Sun shines on LA Solar despite fiercely competitive solar market.

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Fundraiser Fuels CSUN Revamp

EDUCATION: Business college has strategic plans for $25 million.

How CSUN will spend $25 million on its business college.

Temporary Tower Keeps Planes Flying in Van Nuys

AVIATION: FAA uses shipping containers as structure’s oversized building blocks.

Shipping containers supply Van Nuys Airport with a temporary tower.

Valley Wheels Spin Heads at Auto Show

Galpin, Barbuscia display speedster updates in L.A.

Local speed shops put their best cars forward at L.A. Auto Show.

Realtor Tries Novel-Writing New Career

Gwen Banta’s book examines racism in 1960s Midwest.

Local author’s first book is published – now the real work begins.

Yelp Confab Gives CEOs Good Review

Website event provides startups with training while seeking feedback.

Local entrepreneur helps connect review website with businesses.

Dispensaries Delighted by Prop 64 Vote

Legalization brings banking question to forefront for industry.

Now that all pot is legal in California, challenges still face industry.

Snuffed by Pot Sector

TECHNOLOGY: Odor measurement device could help cannabis growers in the future.

Opportunities may – or may not – bloom along with pot legalization for odor and pesticide detector manufacturer.

Study Brightens Prospects for Second Sight

BIOTECH: Sylmar company’s stock spikes 17 percent on implant announcement.

A UCLA study on visual cortex implant stimulates share prices for Second Sight.

Brokers: Small Demand for Big Office Buildings

REAL ESTATE: Market shifts as tenants seek creative space, smaller footprints.

Landlords find few tenants to rent big spaces.

Doll Manufacturer Donates Truckloads of Toys

EVENT: Seasonal drives benefit from Van Nuys’ MGA Enertainment.

Three local charities will provide holiday cheer by the truckload this year thanks to the efforts of a group of Valley executives.

Fantastic Beasts Spied on Expanded Studio Tour

ATTRACTIONS: Warner Bros. displays props, costumes from new film in museum.

Warner Bros. Studios is adding some fantastic beasts to its studio tour.

The Post-Stay Problem

With Obamacare, local hospitals seek to track and pay for patients after they leave the facility.

How hospitals address patients’ post-procedure care.

‘Affordable’ Heath Care Keeps Getting Pricier

INSURANCE: As price limits expire, premiums are set to skyrocket despite Trump.

What rising health premiums mean for employers.

Truth Merchant

Gemma Cunningham has a mission to make medicine honest by exposing the past misdeeds of doctors.

Gemma Cunningham, who once worked for a U.S. President, now owns TruthMD, a business that documents doctors’ disciplinary problems.

Voters Snub Hotel, May Get Mixed Use Project

DEVELOPMENT: Calabasas proposal would build apartments, office, retail.

Calabasas residents who voted down a hotel-and-homes project slated to be built on Las Virgenes Road near the 101 Freeway have gotten their wish – the project won’t get built.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

The Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks has named Matthew Fienup its new executive director.


Calendar of events

Not Getting High on This Vote

Possible costs of legalizing marijuana; lower-cost neighborhoods should attract businesses from L.A.’s costliest areas.

New VEDC With Barragan’s Exit

FINANCE: Lending organization to begin leadership search.

Head of Valley nonprofit lender steps down.

New VEDC With Barragan’s Exit

FINANCE: Lending organization to begin leadership search.

Head of Valley nonprofit lender steps down.

Valley’s Plans a Rewrite Priority

REAL ESTATE: City personnel to work on neighborhood updates.

Community plan updates will kick off in the Valley.

Beauty Firm’s Influencers Push Merger

Bellami deal combines celebrity marketing with management skill.

Simi Valley hair extensions business adds cosmetics with mergers.

Conejo Leads Search for Rams’ HQ

Thousand Oaks meets with NFL team to talk about permanent site.

Thousand Oaks asks what it would take to keep L.A. Rams in town.

Hope Helps CEOs Learn Startup Skills

Nonprofit partners with bank to offer business training.

Operation Hope is banking on partnership with OneWest Bank.

The Number

Santa Clarita stars with television and film production.